Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come to address the star player Sergio Aguero’s contractual situation at the club, with the Argentina striker set to become a free agent next summer.
According to Guardiola, the club “misses him a lot” when he is not fit to play but a contract renewal “depends on his physical condition”
Aguero, 32, has spent the last nine years of his career at Manchester, scoring 255 goals in 373 appearances for City during that time.
He is the club’s all-time top scorer but has suffered injuries in the past two seasons.
After four months away with a knee problem, he returned against Arsenal on October 17 and scored his 40th Champions League goal four days later in a 3-1 win over Porto.
Guardiola has confirmed that Aguero will spend four more weeks on the treatment table.
When asked if the club had opened discussions with Aguero over a contract renewal, he expressed frustration with the forward’s continuing fitness issues.
“I don’t know, I don’t want to talk about it because I’m not involved in it,” Guardiola said at a pre-match press conference.
“If I was to be involved in contracts, maybe the day should be 48 hours, not 24! What I want is Sergio to be in good shape, what I want is for Sergio to come back, be ready as much as possible.
“We miss him a lot. What he has done for this club is exceptional, [he] will be a legend of this club, we want to enjoy that first but it depends on his physicality and his physical condition.”
Guardiola’s men have slipped to 13th in the Premier League table after five matches, but have a game in hand against current league leaders Everton.